Lake Oswego boys second, Lakeridge fifth at Oswego Lake Country Club
It took three weeks to become clear, but the Three Rivers League boys golf race has finally established a pattern.
And that pattern is … there is no pattern.
Sure, Tigard bolstered its credentials as TRL favorite, winning for the second time in three tournaments on Monday, shooting a solid 308 to beat second-place Lake Oswego by 20 strokes at Oswego Lake Country Club.
But beyond that, the TRL race has been the golf course version of the wild, wild west. In addition to Tigard's two wins, Lake Oswego finished first in Week Two, three different teams have finished second, three different teams have finished third, three different teams have finished fourth and on and on and on.
For the Lakers, who shot 328 on their home course Monday, their result wasn't quite what they'd hoped for, but it Ddid keep them in second place in the year-long points race.
"Our team played decent today," said Lake Oswego coach Max Carter. "We didn't have our best stuff today, but I'm proud of how they hung in there."
The Lakers were led Monday by junior Jacob Brumfield, who shot a 2-over-par 74 to tie for medalist honors with Tigard junior Kai Alexander. Brumfield's round included two birdies in a four-hole span, notching a three on the 324-yard par-4 seventh hole, then carding a four on the 430-yard par-5 10th.
"Jacob Brumfield played a fantastic round today," Carter said. "His short game has really improved and I look forward to seeing his continued progression."
Junior Peter Bouchard was Lake Oswego's next-best finisher, recovering from a front-side 44 to shoot an 81, followed by freshman Jacob Burnett's 84, an 89 from senior Andrew Ramey and a 93 by senior Hudson Bullis.
"Our team has had some trouble avoiding the big number, but I'm confident that with more reps, we will find our form," Carter said. "We are right in the thick of it. … As long as we continue to improve, the results should take care of themselves."
The complete team scoring was: Tigard 308, Lake Oswego 328, West Linn 345, Sherwood 346, Lakeridge 351, Canby 351, Tualatin 351 and Newberg 360.
Lakeridge, meanwhile, shot 351 to finish fifth in the eight-team field, that result coming a week after finishing third at Willamette Valley Country Club.
While the day's weather was as good as could be expected for early April, the Pacers never quite hit their stride on Monday.
"The majority of the team struggled to find its groove today," said Lakeridge coach Eric Antonini. "On a day where the weather couldn't have been better, we failed to capitalize."
That said, sophomore Aaron Buck provided one of the real highlights of the day, shooting a 5-over-par 77 to tie for the fourth-best round of the tournament. Fellow sophomore Alex Moreau was close behind with an 82, tied for the ninth-best round at OLCC.
"Aaron made the turn at 41, but got things going on the back nine with a 36," Antonini said, adding that Moreau "has become one of our most consistent players and continues to improve with each tournament."
Also scoring for Lakeridge were: freshman Leyton Richards with a 95; freshman Ennis McKendrick at 97; and junior Matt Armsby with a 98.
"With today's fifth-place finish, we weren't able to take advantage and move up in the team standings," Antonini said. "We have our work cut out for us for the second half of the season."
In the season-long points race, Tigard leads with 40 points, followed by Lake Oswego's 34, West Linn's 30, Lakeridge's 22, Tualatin's 18, Sherwood's 16, Canby's eight and Newberg with zero.
Top individual finishers from around the league were: Sherwood's Mason Bonn at 76; Canby's Sam Krauss at 77; Newberg's Simon Luedtke at 82; West Linn's Sebastian Harden and Jackson Forsyth at 83; and Tualatin's Eli Lai at 85.
Next week, the TRL's boys will play at Tualatin Country Club with competition due to begin at 9 a.m. Monday.